VanZant Finally Returns From Broken Arm
Almost one year ago to the date, Paige VanZant had her last fight inside the Octagon. In the first round of her fight against Jessica Rose-Clark at UFC Fight Night St. Louis, VanZant broke her right arm.
The broken arm would not deter the Oregonian as she finished the fight but lost in a valiant effort to Clark by unanimous decision. Now, VanZant will face off against Rachael Ostovich on the UFC’s debut card on ESPN+.
Regarding her injury, VanZant admits she was frustrated having to go under the knife twice for the same break.
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Well… I broke my arm in the first! I was able to finish the fight but as you can see, had a hard time recovering and throwing my right. Thank you to the @ufc and to my opponent. Thank you to my coaches and most importantly my head coach’s @therealburkecamp and @fabianoscherner . I’ll be back better and stronger than ever! 💪🏼🦁 it’s all apart of the fight game. God had other plans for me. 🙏🏼 darn spinning back fist.
“It was really hard, especially with knowing why my arm didn’t heal right in the first place, not knowing if it’ll heal again the second time,” VanZant told FIGHT SPORTS. “The arm healed though (and) everything feels awesome. This whole process was hard for me. It was hard for me to stay positive through the entire thing, not being able to train and do the things I love. But once I was able to get back at (training), I was back at it 100 percent.”
Even though she is back to 100%, it doesn’t mean that VanZant wasn’t furious with the circumstance she was put in.
“The entire thing sucked. I broke my arm in the fight, I lose the fight, and then I had two surgeries to recover from. It was awful.”
While VanZant admittedly got “stir-crazy” while recovering, it did allow her to marry recent Bellator signee Austin Vanderford late last year. Whether on vacation or watching her husband fight, VanZant is grateful to have him by her side.
“It feels awesome,” VanZant said of being able to spend quality time with Vanderford through her recovery. “There’s no bigger support system, and everything he does, I know I’m gonna be taken care of. We’re able to support his fighting career and mine at the same time and it’s awesome and we can grow together.”
On the challenge ahead, VanZant is excited to be a marquee portion of the first card on ESPN+, as both VanZant and Ostovich look to bounce back from losses in their last fights.
“It’s monumental to be here in New York, and is huge for me. I’m just excited to be a part of it,” said the 24-year old, as she faces the Hawaiian on the main card from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I don’t feel like I am looking to prove anything to anybody. I just want to go out there and fight. It’s been a long journey to get here, so I’m gonna go out there and get the big win.”
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